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Get an Education

by Jeff Thomas, International Man:

Back in the ’60s, an interviewer asked the “King of Folk Music”, Bob Dylan, what his goal in life was. Bob answered something to the effect of:

“I want to make enough money to go to college, so one day I can be somebody.”

Bob had a good sense of irony. And certainly, he was always more inclined to think outside the box than to follow the well-trodden path. That was part of what made him so interesting and part of what made him so successful. A similar sentiment was expressed in a song by his peer, Paul Simon:

“When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all.”

In those days, just like today, the customary idea of success was that you attended university for a number of years, you received a degree, and then you would be given a job where you could wear a necktie and receive a salary that had an extra zero behind it.

Then, as now, that’s quite true for anyone who seeks a career in engineering, medicine, law, etc., but less so for virtually everyone else. Those who pursue a degree in gender studies or 18th-century French literature are likely to find that, after they graduate, they’ve learned little or nothing that translates into potential income.

Of course, universities value such courses highly and professors love to teach them. After all, they never really left school themselves. They went straight from being students to being teachers and never had to learn to be productive in the larger world. As such, they are the very worst advisors to students wondering what courses to take in order to one day seek employment.

This is not to say that such subjects are uninteresting; it’s just that employers don’t hire people because they’re interested in their courses. They hire them based upon whether they’ve acquired knowledge that’s applicable to their businesses.

There will always be a need for engineers, doctors and lawyers, but the pursuit of studies that stand little chance of producing a return may be a waste of a significant chunk (or all) of your parents’ savings, or may result in years of indebtedness in the form of a college loan. In addition, you could be wasting several prime years at a time when your energy and imagination are at a peak.

Recently I was asked my opinion by a young woman who was considering university. She’s not only bright, but sensible and organised beyond her years. My suggestion was that she enter a university in another country (away from her parents), and take some basic courses in business management, accounting, economics, etc. After a year, she should plan to drop out and travel the world for a year with a backpack. Her parents should give her enough money so that she’d be alright if she runs into unforeseen problems, but, aside from that, she should try to work her way around the world doing a variety of jobs. In doing so, she should follow her own choices and her own timetable.

Were she to do this, I believe she’d return home after the two years with the self-confidence, self-reliance and adaptability to take on virtually anything. Her “education” from that time would stay with her the rest of her life. As Albert Einstein stated,

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”

Today, especially in the US, there’s a push toward the concept of everyone going to university, with some leaders and would-be leaders suggesting that university education should be available to all, for free. They don’t mention how it might be possible for the already-imposed-upon taxpayer to pay for this enormous additional cost, other than to “tax the rich some more”. (This is not exactly what makes up a viable business plan.)

Nor do they offer an opinion on what happens when the great majority of people have university degrees, but the great majority of jobs don’t require them. (Could it be that they’re imagining a society where no one accepts the job of collecting the garbage; where no one pursues a career as a fireman, a mechanic or a carpenter?)

In my own country, I’ve often heard parents chide their children, “You need to study more – do you want to end up in construction?” (Children here are generally encouraged to pursue careers in law or the financial industry.)

A good rule of thumb regarding education is to follow what you seem to be best at. Most of us are best at the things that we find interesting. If we’re endowed with an excellent memory and love to study books, we might be good candidates for a degree in medicine or law. If not, even if we eventually manage to obtain a degree, it’s unlikely that we’ll excel in one of those fields.

And there’s another concern that’s very rarely discussed in the ivy halls – the future.

We’re entering what I believe will be a period of the most dramatic economic change that any of us will see in our lifetimes. There are many job titles that are attracting many students today that may diminish or even virtually disappear in a few short years.

We’re presently facing an economic crisis much like the one in 1929, but far more devastating, since the conditions leading up to it are so much worse. After a crash, bankers, brokers and other financial industry professionals will be out of work. Many of those jobs will not return in the foreseeable future. New graduates, hopeful of entering the industry, will find that they have no chance of obtaining even an entry-level position.

Following the immediate loss of those jobs, an economic wind-down will take place that will trim away jobs in most other fields as well.

In such an economic climate, some new jobs may appear as a result of the changed economic landscape. Auto dealerships may close, whilst mechanic shops remain busy. Large supermarkets may struggle, whilst new low-overhead roadside stands fare better.

However, in general, a country that’s mired in depression is likely to be a difficult place to make a living, especially for those who have just exited university.

The great advantage that graduates have is that they typically are unmarried, have no mortgage and are free to travel – on a shoestring if necessary. And, whenever there’s a depression in some countries, there are other countries that are largely unaffected by the depression or are actually benefitting from it.

In such countries, there’s invariably a demand for expansion of goods and services and the provision of new goods and services. Few of those with a degree in sociology or fashion design are likely to find a wealth of opportunity in such a situation. And, similarly, employment will be difficult to find for those who pursued calculus and analytic geometry. (Confession: I took these courses and have never benefitted from them.)

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1 comment to Get an Education

  • anon

    Get an education?

    Great idea. But, you definitely don’t need to spend 4 or more years in a University for that. Especially, if what you are seeking to learn about are topics like HISTORY, and PSYCHOLOGY, or FOREIGN LANGUAGES. You can pretty much be self-taught in areas like these. This is true of basically all the SOCIAL SCIENCES.

    Want to learn the TRUTH about History? Want to learn what has been purposely kept out of the History books you were forced to use in school? Read on.

    Find out how the Rothschilds, Jesuits, “Illuminati”, Freemasons, Communists, Zionists (and even La Cosa Nostra and the Ku Klux Klan) ~ find out how they are all linked.

    Read on: “Jews” = (Western International Central Bankers, as in Rothschilds, Schiffs, Warburgs, et al), Jesuits, “Illuminati”, Freemasons, Communists, La Cosa Nostra, Ku Klux Klan, Zionists (- all the foregoing were created or hijacked by Ashkenazi-Khazars). “Give me control of a Nation’s money and I care not who makes the laws.” — Mayer Amschel (Bauer) Rothschild, February 23, 1744 – September 19, 1812. “The Jewish members of the conspiracy [Rothschilds, et al] have used an organization called the Anti-Defamation League [ADL] as an instrument to try to convince everyone that any mention of the Rothschilds or their allies is an attack on all Jews. In this way they have stifled almost all honest scholarship on international bankers and made the subject taboo within universities.” — Gary Allen, in his book _None Dare Call It Conspiracy_ (1972), pg. 38. Ignatius Loyola, an itinerant Spanish Marrano or Converso “Jew”, along with many other Marrano or Converso “Jews” founded the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits, which went into operation in 1541, after Loyola received the assistance of a Venetian Oligarch, named Gasparo Contarini, in order to get an audience with the Pope. On May 1, 1776, Adam Wieshaupt, a Jesuit-trained scholar at Ingolstadt, with Rothschild-financing, rolled out his “Order of the Illuminati”, which recruited TOP-LEVEL Freemasons, Jesuits, Royals, and BANKERS into the “Illuminati”, to HIJACK (the organization of Modern, Speculative Freemasonry (est. 1717), FROM THE TOP. “Masonry is a Jewish institution whose history, degrees, charges, passwords and explanations are Jewish from beginning to end.” – Rabbi Br. Isaac Wise, in The Israelite of America, March 8, 1866. MOSES HESS (“Jew”) was the MENTOR of both Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx. Moses Hess was the originator of ZIONISM. It was by the guidance of MOSES HESS, that both Engels and Marx became Freemasons. It would be the Hungarian “Jew” Theodor Herzl that would further develop Hess’ doctrine of Zionism (in the 1890’s). Guiseppi Mazzini ~ the Italian Freemason ~ was responsible for the creation of “Young Italy” which gave rise to “La Cosa Nostra” ~ a Freemasonic organization for the Italian Mafia. Freemason Albert Pike organized the Ku Klux Klan.

    Don’t take MY word for any of it. Do your OWN research. Find out for yourself.

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